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Description: A visit to the Iowa Arboretum's 378-acre facility in scenic Boone County...
A visit to the Iowa Arboretum's 378-acre facility in scenic Boone County is an experience you won't want to miss. This site offers 40 acres developed as a 'Library of Living Plants' showcasing hundreds of species of trees, shrubs and flowers in a tranquil scenic setting. The Iowa Arboretum displays a large and diverse display of plants that can be successfully grown in Iowa. Grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset year round.
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Another Iowa gem!

Beautifully maintained, lots of species, educational and fun. Well worth the visit, and will definitely be back. Wonderful gift shop!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Beautifully maintained, lots of species, educational and fun. Well worth the visit, and will definitely be back. Wonderful gift shop!

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Boone, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Well, after living in Boone (a mere 5 miles away) for 26 years, I decided to pick the hottest day of the season to go to the Iowa Arboretum. My travel companion bowed out at the last minute but my son came through for me, so we got to experience it together. I took my border collie Fox as he... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

It has been several years since we'd visited the Iowa Arboretum and to make a brief stop primarily to observe a couple of tree varieties we want to plant at our new house. The day was cool, cloudy and blustery but the visit was really nice and we were able to see mature varieties of the trees we were looking... More 

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Iowa Arboretum is a beautiful place but also an educational one. You can go there and see many species of plants and trees and decide if something you are thinking of planting will be right for your spot.

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Des Moines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

My husband and I were here on a Sunday morning and there were only 2 other couples. You are able to get to the arboretum on paved roads. Beware of GPS it may want to take you on gravel roads-the arboretum's website gives directions that will keep you on pavement. There's no cost and there's a gift shop but it... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

It is a good place for picnic,pleasant walk and enjoy the nature.There are unique plants, shrubs & trees with small name boards next to it. The daylilly flowers are awesome.Great for photography. The office staff was very kind and helpful. Maps are available in the office.Umbrellas are available for internal use at arboretum during sunny days.We appreciate & thank for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

They have a very nice layout for the arboretum and another 300+ acres of woods with hiking trails to explore.

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Jefferson, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We like to go there for a pleasant outing from time to time, and see how our plants, trees, and shrubs are doing compared to theirs. They have a really nice plant sale in the spring, and the workers, wheather paid or volunteer, are always very nice and helpful. Great gift shop also!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

It was a very hot day, I need to visit again next year. It was nice but I wasn't in the right frame of mind.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

The arboretum is a great place to visit...beautiful. We had our wedding there, and could not have been happier! Not only was the scenery gorgeous, but the venue worked out nicely for ceremony and reception, and the staff went above and beyond to make our day perfect! They gave us all the time we needed the night before and morning... More 

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